The Great Britain-China Educational Trust (GBCET) is a registered charity (no.269944) administered by the Great Britain-China Centre. The Trust was set up in 1975 with proceeds from The Genius of China exhibition held at the Royal Academy in 1974.

The GBCET Trustees meet twice a year, in spring and autumn, to discuss support for:
– Chinese students in Britain through the Chinese Student Awards
– The study of Chinese language through the Chinese Language Awards
– Fieldwork and conference papers in China, given by British PhD students enrolled at a British university. –
– Applications should be made using the Chinese Language Awards application form.

Eligibility requirements:
Chinese nationality (from the PRC inc. Hong Kong) studying for a PhD in any subject at a UK university. Students must have started their third year before they are eligible to submit their application.
Students may apply twice for the award, but must wait a year before trying again. Successful awardees cannot apply again. Awards are not renewable.

The Trustees will not consider applications from:
– Undergraduates, or postgraduates enrolled on a taught course e.g. MA & MSc, or students requiring funding for the first two years of a PhD.
– Chinese nationals attending or giving papers at conferences, conducting fieldwork or taking research trips
– The Trustees will also not consider requests for funding intended for research materials (e.g. books, lab equipment, software). The awards are meant to contribute towards applicants’ university tuition fees, and living expenses.

Administrative Contacts & How To Apply

Application forms can be downloaded from and enquiries should be addressed to the:
Trust Administrator
Great Britain-China Educational Trust
15 Belgrave Square, London SW1X 8PS
[email protected]

Funding Information

Please see our website for how to apply:
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